Books by Sara Harrell Banks

ABRAHAM'S BATTLE by Sara Harrell Banks
Released: April 1, 1999

"This is a poignant and effective introduction to the Civil War, to use alongside Gary Paulsen's Soldier's Heart (1998). (Fiction. 9-13)"
With a large scope to belie its length, a novella that paints in simple scenes of the battle of Gettysburg the essential sorrow and causes of the entire Civil War. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1997

"In this quiet but atmospheric entry, the story's strengths are its subtle evocation of wartime Alabama and characters so real they seem to appear on a screen rather than in the pages of a book. (Fiction. 9-13)"
In 1944, the small, sleepy town of Pinella, Alabama, is swept by the winds of WW II. Read full book review >
A NET TO CATCH TIME by Sara Harrell Banks
Released: Dec. 1, 1996

"The names for the times of day are inherently fascinating, as are the many details of Gullah life and lore, but they lose much of their power and intrigue when shoehorned into this story. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A day in the life of young Cuffy, the son of a fisherman on a barrier island off Georgia, set to a Gullah ``calendar,'' which, Banks notes in an afterword, she found ``oddly beautiful.'' Before Cuffy's story starts, there is a glossary, followed by Cook's sweet watercolor rendition of the diurnal calendar, to be read clockwise, showing the lyrical Gullah names for the times of day: ``Sooner Mornin','' or just before dawn, ``First Fowl Crow,'' ``Day Clean,'' when dawn breaks, and on through ``Plat-Eye Prowl,'' when nocturnal animals awaken, and ``Hag-Hollerin' Time,'' after midnight. Read full book review >